Reba McEntire: 'Malibu Country' is based on 'personal experiences' (Video)
Reba McIntyre is making her way back to television with her new ABC comedy "Malibu Country," which she says is based on her own life experiences.
The show premieres on November 2 and marks the country legend's return to TV full time since her FOX sitcom "Reba" ended its run in 2007.
"It's great to pull from things that really happened and that's what most of the shows on the 'Reba' television show were about and so that's what we'll draw from there - is personal experiences," McEntire, 57, told OTRC.com host Rachel Smith on September 11 at the Paleyfest Fall Television Preview event for "Malibu Country" at the Paley Center For Media in Beverly Hills, California.
On the new series, she plays a country artist whose husband, also a singer, cheats on her and leaves her broke. She then moves with her three children and mother (Lily Tomlin) from Nashville to Malibu, California, where she attempts to resurrect her own singing career and shield her kids from the materialism of their new home.
McEntire was born in Oklahoma and moved to Nashville, Tennessee as a teenager to begin her country music career. McEntire released her 34th album, "All the Women I Am," in November 2011 and scored her 35th no.1 hit single "Turn On The Radio" in December 2010. She was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in March 2011.
She also explained the differences between "Reba," which debuted in 2001 and ran for six seasons, and "Malibu Country."
"The difference is I am a country singer, moving to California and on the 'Reba' show I was basically a mom, a soccer mom. Our husbands both did cheat on us," she said, joking: "My hair's longer in this one."
"I'm thrilled to death to be back on television, and ABC - I've been wanting to be on ABC since I was a little girl," she told OTRC.com. "I'm lucky to get to work with such talented men and women on this television show, the kids are incredible, just incredible. They're so smart, so much fun to work with. What else could you ask for?"
McEntire also serves as an executive producer on the show, alongside Kevin Abbott. "Malibu Country" also features Julietta Angelo, Justin Prentice, Jai Rodriguez, Owen Teague and Sara Rue.
"I hope they [fans] figure out that this a cool show to watch," McIntyre said. "You can watch it with your entire family, have a great time, not be embarrassed about anything - giggle and laugh with all of us."Rue, formerly of the show "Less Than Perfect," plays a bubbly Malibu mom and socialite on "Malibu Country." At the PaleyFest event, she revealed to OTRC.com that she is pregnant and showcased her baby bump. Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).